125th AnniversaryHappy Birthday, APA: The association celebrates a milestone

This year marks the 125th anniversary of APA's founding, an event that the association will observe throughout the year. Plans include:

  • Sessions at APA's Annual Convention in Washington, D.C., Aug. 3–6
  • An interactive timeline and blog covering key events in the history of psychology, as well as APA.
  • A special issue of American Psychologist.
  • A speakers' series at the headquarters building.

"We plan to celebrate this anniversary throughout the year, calling attention to how psychology has helped us to understand our world and improve society," says 2017 President Antonio E. Puente, PhD. "We will also take this opportunity to look ahead, and imagine how else we can apply our science and discipline."

The special issue of American Psychologist will include articles detailing APA's work for human rights and social justice; how the association has advocated for justice using amicus briefs; APA's public education efforts; and the evolution of APA's work in education and training, research and health-care advocacy.

APA’s first president G. Stanley Hall (front row, center) with early-20th century psychology luminaries Sigmund Freud (front row, left) and Carl Jung (front row, right) at Clark University, 1909.
In addition, the American Psychological Foundation is commemorating the anniversary with a $3,000 scholarship, in partnership with the Council of Graduate Departments of Psychology.

APA also has invited the Archives of the History of American Psychology to mount a special exhibit at APA's Annual Convention to give convention-goers a chance to see some important artifacts. And staff are exploring other ways to celebrate the anniversary during the convention, as well as at events throughout the year at APA's headquarters building.

Planning is still under way and will continue as we see more opportunities to mark the occasion. Check the website at www.apa.org for more information as 2017 unfolds.

From APA Books: The link between trauma and spirituality

Trauma represents a spiritual or religious violation for many people. Survivors attempt to make sense out of painful events, incorporating that meaning into their current worldview in either a harmful or a more helpful way.

A new book from APA, "Trauma, Meaning, and Spirituality: Translating Research Into Clinical Practice," helps mental health practitioners—many of whom are less religious than their clients—understand the important relationship between trauma and spirituality, and how best to help survivors create meaning out of their experiences.

Drawing on relevant theories and research, the authors present a new conceptual framework, the Reciprocal Meaning-Making Model, demonstrating how it can guide both assessment and treatment.

Through the use of case material, the authors examine a range of spiritual views, traumas and post-traumatic reactions that are reflective of the population as a whole rather than targeting only specific religions or cultural perspectives. Given the lack of scientific literature on the topic, this book fills an important gap, and will appeal to clinicians and researchers alike.

The book is available on APA's website, www.apa.org, as well as through major booksellers, including Amazon.

Green space: APA building earns top rank for efficiency, sustainability

APA's heat-reducing green roofAPA's second office building has been designated one of the "greenest" buildings in Washington, D.C. Thanks to its heat-reducing green roof and use of energy-efficient devices such as advanced HVAC control strategies, the building at 10 G Street N.E. has earned LEED (Leadership in Energy Efficiency and Design) Platinum Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council, the highest rank a building can achieve.

The green roof on 10 G—located between APA headquarters and Union Station—is lined with small plants called sedum that add a layer of insulation to the building by absorbing the sun's heat.

Inside, building managers have reduced water use by installing low-flow faucet aerators and showerheads and lower-flow flush valves on the toilets. New technology installed recently ensures that the building's air conditioning/heating system runs only at the percentage needed at any given time.

"Earning this important certification demonstrates APA's commitment to sustainability and to being a part of our nation's clean energy transition," says Archie L. Turner, APA's chief operating and chief financial officer.

The next step? APA's headquarters building at 750 First Street N.E., which has been LEED Gold Certified since 2013, is working toward platinum certification. Find more on LEED at www.usgbc.org/leed.

Listen up: New timely talks for your listening pleasure

APA's "Speaking of Psychology" podcast has several new installments. They include:

"How Politics Became So Uncivilized," with Jonathan Haidt, PhD. Political elections ought to bring out the good in people—aren't they a chance to talk about plans and hopes for the future? But lately they have come to resemble brawls on a playground. When did it become OK to wave insulting signs at rallies or call candidates ugly names? Why are so many candidates focusing on the personal instead of policy? In this episode, Haidt talks about incivility in politics and how psychological research can help us understand each other a little better and return civility to politics.

"How To Talk To Teen Boys About Dating And Sex," with Andrew Smiler, PhD. Parents know they need to tell their boys something about sex but often aren't sure where to start. As a result, television, friends and the internet often fill in the gaps, leading to misconceptions about what it means to be romantic and masculine. Smiler gives advice on how to encourage boys to become sexually responsible and mature in their relationships.

"Born Bashful? Learning How to Manage Shyness," with Bernardo Carducci, PhD. We've probably all felt shy at one time or another, but for some people, the shyness is so intense it can keep them from interacting with others even when they want or need to—leading to problems in relationships and even at work. Carducci gives advice and tips to shy people who want to understand and manage their reticence.

"Kids and Psychologists Team Up To Learn From One Another," with Peter Blake, EdD. To understand how children think and behave, psychologists need to study them. Most of the time, these experiments take place in university labs or sometime in schools, but one program is taking psychological science into museums. Blake discusses the Living Laboratory and how it's breaking down barriers between scientists and the public.

"Improving Health Care With Psychology," with Elizabeth Brondolo, PhD. Poverty greatly increases the risk of heart disease, depression and stress, as do racism and ethnic discrimination, according to numerous psychological studies. Brondolo discusses how psychologists are taking those findings and using them in medical settings to improve patients' quality of care.

To listen to these podcasts and previous episodes, go to www.apa.org/research/action/speaking-of-psychology.

–Compiled by Monitor staff